University of Colorado Hospital: A History

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University of Colorado Hospital: A History
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University of Colorado Hospital: A History
Paton, Bruce
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University of Colorado Hospital: A History | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/7/2015 3:58:28 PM] Home University of Colorado Hospital: A HistoryUniversity of Colorado Hospital: A HistorySubmitted by nwharton on 8-3-2013 07:43 PMAuthor: Thomas J. Noel Publishing: Aurora, CO: University of Colorado Hospital Foundation, 2013. 155 pages. Black-and-white photographs, color photographs, illustrations. 12 x 9. hardcover. Reviewer: Bruce Paton Reviewer Affiliation: University of Colorado Health Sciences Campus Memories are short and history is soon forgotten. Most current Denverites, if asked about the University of Colorado Hospital, would describe the present magnificent campus in Aurora. Few would be able to tell of the earliest beginnings in Boulder in 1885 when the medical school had two of everythingtwo students, two faculty, and two buildings. Tom Noels excellent history of the hospital fills the gap between then and now in an informative and interesting way. His well-written and handsome volume, designed by Barbara Greene, is enhanced by a profusion of fascinating photos. Many of the old images come from the collection of Dr. Robert Shikes, himself a longtime member of the medical school faculty, and make us realize how far medicineand the buildings in which medicine is practicedhave changed. The story covers four major phases and their locations in the life of the University Hospital: Boulder; the campus on the south side of Ninth Avenue; the expanded campus on both sides of Ninth Avenue; and the Anschutz Medical campus. Each change was necessary because of an enlarging population, increasing technology for the provision of care, and an expanding medical school. For more than one hundred years the hospital was an institution of the state. But it became increasingly obvious in the 1970s and 1980s that the financial woes of the hospital could only be solved by privatization. This was finally achieved in 1989 after persuading the legislature that not only would the hospitals income improve, but also that the state would be relieved of a contentious financial burden. While this is a story of buildings and changing locations, it is also a story about peopleamong them visionary administrators and medical pioneers. The board of regents in 1883 saw the need for a medical school and a hospital. The dean of the medical school and University of Colorado president George Norlin realized that the medical school had to be in Denver and not in Boulder and raised the money for a new campus. Denver Post publisher Frederick Bonfils gave land that would grow into the campus around Ninth Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. Mary Dean Reed, the wife of gold and oil mining tycoon Verner Z. Reed, gave the lead off donation for the new campus in 1925. Dean Robert Glaser brought the institution into the modern era and initiated the discussions that led to the expansion of the campus across Ninth Avenue into what had once been a golf driving range. Chancellors Vincent Fulginiti and James Shore grabbed the chance to buy Fitzsimons Army Hospital and its campus for one dollar. Billionaire Philip Anschutz and EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanIn 1893, Colorado became the first state in the union to allow women the right to vote through popular election.


University of Colorado Hospital: A History | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/7/2015 3:58:28 PM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us cheese tycoon Michael Leprino became major benefactors who made a brilliant new campus possible. The Haselden Construction Company built many of the spectacular buildings that grace the campus. The list of medical pioneers who have made the hospital into the best academic hospital in the United States reads like a nominating list for the Nobel Prize: Henry Swan, who did open heart operations with patients under hypothermia before the heart-lung machine had been perfected; Tom Starzl, who did the first successful liver transplant in the world; Henry Kempe, who described the battered child syndrome and transformed the publics awareness of child abuse; Gordon Meiklejohn, who participated in the eradication of smallpox from the world; scientists in the present day who are using stem cells to heal broken spinal cords in mice and cure cancer in people; and transplant surgeons who have continued the work of Starzl. This book may not have the public appeal of a novel by John Grisham but it should be read by every student, resident, professor, nurse and administrator who has ever served on the campus or studied at the medical school. The history of this institution is too fascinating to be forgotten, and Tom Noel has done an important public service in presenting this information in an interesting and graphically enthralling way. Reviewer Info: Bruce Paton, M.D., was born in India and educated at the University of Edinburgh. He came to the CU Health Sciences campus to work as a research fellow with Dr. Henry Swan more than fifty years ago and has been on the faculty ever since. Since retiring from active practice he has written three books: Lewis and Clark: Doctors in the Wilderness, Adventuring with Boldness: The Triumph of the Explorers and Sixty Years on a Cutting Edge: University of Colorado, Department of Surgery, 1950 .